Influencing Sustainability and Making Change Happen in SGS UK
In March 2015, SGS UK launched an ambitious sustainability campaign to drive improvements in its environmental performance.
The ‘Influencing Sustainability: Making Change Happen’ campaign, combined SGS’s established Spot the Orange Dot campaign with education tools, such as Brainshark presentations based on sustainability at SGS and efficient driving, to raise awareness of the Group’s sustainability impacts and targets and inspire action at an individual level. All our employees across all our sites in the UK were engaged, and EcoReps were appointed at each site to coordinate the campaign, monitor performance and suggest energy efficient ideas. Employees responded to the challenge by pledging 8,712 individual commitments to a more sustainable future. These included actions to reduce electricity use, consider alternative modes of travel and improve fuel and energy efficiency.
As a result of its efforts, SGS UK reported electricity consumption for the year ending November 2015 to be 3,951,026 kWh compared to 4,322,156 kWh in November 2014, representing a reduction of 8.59%. In tandem, the UK electricity contracts were renewed during the year, and one contract, covering multiple sites, includes 15% of energy derived from renewable energy sources. SGS UK’s energy performance was audited by an approved Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Lead Assessor and submitted to the Environment Agency as part of the UK’s regulatory obligation under Article 8 of the European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive.
Our commitment to driving down electricity consumption in the UK continues through 2016, with the replacement of overhead lighting in our offices. Having measured the actual luminosity (intensity of light) in the offices using a lux meter, we have calculated the number of energy efficient LED lamps required to deliver the optimum luminosity at the recommended level of 500 lux for offices. New lighting will be implemented in 2016.
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